Not so Sesame Street: Grown-up puppets delight in ‘Avenue Q’

If you’re not expecting it, puppets engaged in adult activities is a bit of a shock, but a lively audience recently showed its appreciation and approval of Footlite Musicals’ “Avenue Q” with laughter and applause.

“Avenue Q,” winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical, is best characterized as Sesame Street for adults, but it is in no way connected with the PBS children’s television show.

Directors Kathleen Clarke Horrigan and Ed Trout have worked together on numerous productions, but this is the first time the two have paired to co-direct a show, and the results are delightful.

Although “Avenue Q” opens with an animated video clip reminiscent of “sunny day, chasin’ the clouds away,” that sunny day quickly morphs into a gloomy lament as the various characters, both puppet and human, appear on stage, bemoaning that “it sucks to be me” in a sort of one-upsmanship of whose life is worst to lead.

Puppet Princeton (Phil Criswell) has a BA in English but has yet to discover his

If You Go

Footlite Musicals

1847 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis

Performances March 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.; March 20 at 2:30

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Christine Schaefer is arts editor and editorial assistant at the Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3222 or